Coming soon in March 2021 from Bucknell University Press: 

Laurence Sterne’s ‘A Sentimental Journey’:  ‘A Legacy to the World’

Laurence Sterne’s A Sentimental Journey

A collection of essays edited by W. B. Gerard and M-C. Newbould

2018 saw the 250-year anniversary of the publication of Laurence Sterne’s A Sentimental Journey through France and Italy, and of the author’s own death. Sterne called his second major fiction his ‘work of redemption’, and it has touched, entertained, and intrigued readers since. This will be the first essay collection wholly dedicated to A Sentimental Journey, bringing new readings of this text and of the wider contexts in which it appeared to light. The volume includes new explorations of affect, culture, gender, class, religion and nation, and studies of connections between A Sentimental Journey and other works by Sterne and his contemporaries.

Contributors and contents:

W. B. Gerard and M-C. Newbould, “A Sentimental Journey’s Critical Legacies”

Shaun Regan, “Gentlemen, Servants, and Rough Sons of Nature: Mediating Masculinities in A Sentimental Journey

Glynis Ridley, “‘To know firsthand that animals have feelings’: Sterne’s Journey into Animal Affect”

Julia Banister, “Yorick’s War: Masculinity and Militarism in Tristram Shandy and A Sentimental Journey

Chris Ewers, “Spatial Digression and the Borders of Knowledge in A Sentimental Journey

Alexander Hardie-Forsyth, “(O)economy and Order: Laurence Sterne’s Chaptering”

Fraser Easton, “Yorick’s Speech and the Starling’s Song: Elocution in A Sentimental Journey

Jennifer Preston Wilson, “‘the thing told itself’: A Thing Theory Reading of A Sentimental Journey

Melvyn New, “Boswell and Sterne in 1767-68: A Relationship Revisited”

Peter Budrin, “The Shadow of Eliza in A Sentimental Journey

Paul Goring, “Debt, Death, and Literary Inheritance: The Ends of Sterne and A Sentimental Journey

Pat Rogers, “Sterne, A Sentimental Journey, and History”


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